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Garvan Woodland Gardens

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Address: 550 Arkridge Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71913-8729
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+1 501-262-9300
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Garvan Woodland Gardens, the University of Arkansas' 210 acre botanical...

Garvan Woodland Gardens, the University of Arkansas' 210 acre botanical garden, is one of eight public, woodland gardens in the country and the only one located on a body of water. The Asian garden is ranked as the fifth best in North America, and in 2012 Garvan Woodland Gardens was named as one of the Top Five Most Spectacular Gardens In America. Over five miles of trails, unique bridges, waterfalls, a Children's Adventure Garden, and architectural wonder Anthony Chapel wedding complex are some of the highlights. View brilliant blooms year-round and one of the state's most elaborate outdoor holiday lights displays with over 4 million lights from mid-November through December; special night time hours.

CLOSED JANUARY. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. February 1-November 20. Open Noon- 9 p.m. November 21-December 31. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.

Admission: $15 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under. Golf cart rides available on a first come first served basis for additional $15 per person. Chipmunk Cafe open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily. Pet friendly and many ADA accessible trails.

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This woodland garden is surrounded by waterfalls, neat bridges and great views from every side. I got in 20,000 steps just by walking the garden. Nice little meditations breaks by... read more

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Not what I was expecting, a little boring due to the fact that not much was blooming. But it was peaceful, serene and makes appreciate nature. Even though I am an adult I loved playing in the children's adventure garden.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This woodland garden is surrounded by waterfalls, neat bridges and great views from every side. I got in 20,000 steps just by walking the garden. Nice little meditations breaks by streams and waterfalls. I really enjoyed feeding the koi fish. They were huge. The kids will love the Fairy Garden and the train set. Don't miss the wildflower garden at... More 

Thank MJ K
New Port Richey, Florida
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love walking through this garden with it's walkways and waterfalls, so peaceful and beautiful. Well maintained. Pets are welcomed, also.

Thank graphicsd
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is an absolute gem. If you're going to be in Hot Springs I highly recommend a trip out to Garvan, any time of year. Such a beautiful and peaceful and well maintained place.

Thank vegaslamb
Salt Lake City, UT
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the AMAZING chapel today and beautiful well maintained gardens. Worth the $15 per person. No discount for seniors.

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Oxford, Mississippi
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a delightful way to spend the morning. Absolutely gorgeous grounds and gardens. Very well maintained and easy walking area. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Kudos to the University of Arkansas for this lovely botanical area.

Thank OxHon
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We loved our visit to the gardens. We just missed the azaleas blooming, but everything was still beautiful. Lots of bridges and waterfalls and a peacock named George. I loved the fairy village. The chapel is stunning. This is a must visit for sure. I'd love to go back around Christmas to see all the lights. :)

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you cannot afford to own landscape like the King's and you do not want to put in the time and money to maintain it, then simply go to Garvan Gardens and pretend it is yours! This wonderful place is so good for my mind, body, and spirit. I am always closer to God and to nature with each visit.... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful place, our first visit in a few years. The early spring this let us miss the tulips, azaleas, and daffodils, no matter, so many other beautiful plants along the paths. Good paths make for easy walking. Always something to see!

Thank Mike A
Lafayette, Louisiana
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A little pricey for a garden walk. But they have a free scavenger hunt bingo game that the kids can play as you walk through out the garden and they receive a prize at the end. Very thoughtful! You can also purchase koi food for .25 cents a bag to feed the fish. Make sure you wear good walking shoes.... More 

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